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UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace visits Fight for Peace

13 September 2013
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UN Special Adviser with Fight for Peace Youth Council in Rio de Janerio

Rio de Janerio, (FightforPeace) - The Special Adviser from the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, visited Fight for Peace in Rio de Janeiro. Wilfried Lemke got to know Fight for Peace in 2011, when he visited the Academy for the first time. This week, he attended a Taekwondo presentation and met with the Youth Council.


They talked to the coach Manoelzinho and saw young athletes of various belts presenting Poomse (an individual training method of attack and defense – each belt colour has its own poomse).

The Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace then spoke with representatives from the Youth Council. After everyone was introduced, he talked about his return to Fight for Peace and how Fight for Peace members should be proud to be part of the organisation.

“My team and I visit organizations who commit themselves to serious work, and this is why I am here again. You young people should be proud to be part of Fight for Peace. I can see that the work here is a good example of how people come together in an area of conflict”, said Wilfried Lemke.

In conversation with the Youth Council, Lemke pointed out the UN’s priorities with regard to the development of peace through sport. Among the issues cited the students were most enthusiastic to hear of the UN training course for youth leaders. They were excited to know that in the future they could be given the opportunity to take part in a project that unites young people all over the world through training on how to use sport to promote development within the communities in which they live.

“These young people are indicated by organizations such as Fight for Peace. They fill out a form which will be evaluated and then interviews are conducted. If the young person is approved, he/she goes to the leaders’ youth camp to receive training”, explained Lemke, concluding: “The door is open, but you need to work hard to walk through it”.

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